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Fans miss out on first visit to Brighouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 18 December 2020

reuben second.pngWorkington’s Northern Premier League re-start game tomorrow should have been a bit special – but won’t be for some.

No Reds fans are allowed in because of Tier restrictions and that means west Cumbrians will miss-out on the chance of chalking a new ground off their collection.

I already have an order from a Fun Bus regular to bring him back a programme and a home club badge.

Brighouse Town have never hosted Workington, so it is the first visit for the Cumbrians to the Yorkshire club. Last season’s scheduled visit was one of those games which never got played, although we did win 3-1 at Borough Park.

Town will not have any away fans at present for the Workington game tomorrow or the visit of Tadcaster on Boxing Day as the hosts stayed in Tier 3, while the two visiting clubs are in Tier 2.

However, they will be allowed 215 spectators for both games with their season ticket holders having priority. They sold a record amount in the close season of just over 100 and so for the other spectators it will be a case of first come, first served to see the game.

Reds are unbeaten in the North West Division with five wins and three draws, currently lying second in the table behind Ramsbottom United. Their hosts are next to bottom with only a win and a draw from their seven games, and are only above Ossett United on goal difference.

 Reds beat Penrith 2-1 on Saturday in a friendly at Borough Park while Brighouse have had a couple of games in the last week to keep them ticking over.

Town were in action mid-week at the Marley Stadium, Keighley, taking on Steeton from the North West Counties League Premier Division.

At the end of 90 minutes it finished goalless but it had been a good work out for the NPL side and only a fine performance by the home keeper denied Town several goalscoring opportunities.

Last Saturday they played at Eccleshill United of the NCEL Premier Division and lost 3-1. They were three goals down by the 48th minute thanks to a brace from Luke Aldrich and an opening goal on 38 minutes from Sumail Cissa. Darius Smith replied with a consolation goal for Town.

Reds boss Danny Grainger will be assessing his squad overnight with one or two players recovering after being rested for the Penrith friendly.

One player keen to do well tomorrow will be striker Reuben Jerome (pictured above) who started his non-league career at Brighouse, and in sensational style, with a debut hat-trick. He subsequently played at Southport, Warrington and Ramsbottom before joining Reds where he has become a fans favourite.

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